I went yesterday and picked up my first NPR truck. It's a 1999 diesel with the 5-sp trans. Everything runs out very well. I found one with a 16' flatbed already on it. Sometime in the next week or so I plan to cut the bed down to 13' and attach a 48" dovetail and 60" tailgate. After measuring everything up I think the bed needs to be shortened so that the dovetail section won't stick out so far behind the axle. With this set-up, I'll have to park my Sentar on the dovetail. Has anyone had experience doing this? I also want to put some rails down the side. I have to say that reading all the positive posts on this site about these trucks really convinced me to purchase one and get away from the truck/trailer thing. Anyone have ideas as to how I should arrange racks/boxes? Thoughts? Comments?